School Meals

Free School Meal Entitlement

A Free School Meal is a school lunch or any item obtained from the school kitchen between 8.30am and lunchtime.  This is provided free of charge by Dumfries and Galloway Council to children whose families are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit on its own (annual income less than £16,105)
  • Child Tax Credit with Working Tax Credit (annual income less than £6,900)
  • Universal Credit (monthly earned income threshold that does not exceed £610)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If you apply and qualify for Free School Meals there is a potential yearly saving of £351.50 per secondary child.  Some Scottish Government funding direct to schools is linked to the Free School Meal entitlement uptake in that particular school and you would also be helping Dumfries High School by applying to receive Free School Meal entitlement.

Forms for parents/carers currently not in receipt and wishing to apply for free school meals and/or a clothing grant can be collected from the main school office.  An electronic version is also available on our website or at the following address:

We provide a range of hot and cold food on school premises. Our cafeteria is very popular and pupils can use the canteen before school and both at interval and lunchtime. Pupils can go off-site for lunch (apart from S1), although in the interests of safety and good conduct pupils are encouraged to remain on school grounds and we welcome the support of parents in maintaining this approach. Please note that no pupils (S1- S6) are allowed to leave the school grounds at interval.

Pupils can bring packed lunches into school to eat in the canteen. These pupils are requested however not to carry glass bottles to school. Please note that pupils cannot buy food from outwith the school during lunchtime and then bring it in to eat in the cafeteria.